Bayern Munich head into Saturday’s Champions League last 16 second leg match versus Chelsea with one foot in the quarterfinals. The Germans thrashed Frank Lampard’s team 3-0 at Stamford Bridge in March. Chelsea were suffocated by the high-powered German champions and little hope is given to the club for turning around the tie.
Chelsea not only go into the second leg down three goals, but they are coming off of a 2-1 loss in the FA Cup Final versus Arsenal. Chelsea managed to give up two goals after scoring early against Arsenal to lose the final. Now, the Blues must dig deep to overcome Bayern Munich.
Hansi Flick took over a struggling Bayern Munich from Niko Kovac in the early part of the season. Since taking over, Flick turned the club into a difficult to defeat team that takes no prisoners. Leading sportsbooks have Bayern Munich listed as the second favourite to win the Champions League.
The winner of the tie between Bayern Munich and Chelsea will met either Barcelona or Napoli in the quarterfinals.
Although the scoreline of the first leg made it out that Bayern Munich thrashed Chelsea for the entire 90 minutes, it wasn’t quite like that in the beginning of the game. Chelsea held out and didn’t concede a goal until the 51-minute mark. Serge Gnabry scored his first of two goals against Chelsea with the second coming three minutes later. The forward’s goals only inspired the team to go in for the kill. Robert Lewandowski added a third in the 76th minute practically killing off the tie.
Bayern Munich are on the road to win a treble having lifted both the Bundesliga title and German Cup. The team is a 180-degree different team compared to the one that Kovac managed. Chelsea are now the least like club to win the Champions League according to leading sportsbooks. There are no expectations that Chelsea will overturn the scoreline and win the fixture.
The Blues are still building the ideal team for Lampard to manage. They have several attacking players and possibly more coming in this offseason. Defence has been an issue all season long. Although they can attack with verve, they always look capable of falling flat in defence. Bayern Munich’s 3-0 win in the first leg is proof of just how fragile Chelsea’s defence is.
Chelsea go into the game without two of their most important players. Cesar Azpilicueta suffered a hamstring injury in the FA Cup Final. Cup goal scorer and in-form attacker Christian Pulisic is also set to miss the game due to a serious hamstring injury suffered in the final. Lampard has a decision to make on forward Willian as well. The Brazilian was left out of the team for the final games of the season with an unspecified injury. He is likely to sign a three-year contract at Arsenal and it appears leaving him out was more to do with his impending departure.
Lampard is also without Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Billy Gilmour for the fixture. The manager is likely to start Olivier Giroud in attack once more due to his excellent form over the last few weeks. Pedro is also ruled out after undergoing shoulder surgery.
Bayern Munich look to be in great health for the fixture. Perhaps the only question marks around the club as they fight for the Champions League trophy is the impending transfer of Thiago Alcantara to Liverpool. Rumours have swirled over the last month that Thiago is set to be a Liverpool player with a number of “sources” claiming the deal is finished.
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Gnabry scored twice against the Blues in the first leg. His pace is something Chelsea’s defence cannot contend with. Gnabry bagged a goal in a preseason game for Bayern Munich just days ago against Marseille. He could once again get on the scoresheet and down the Blues.
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Bayern Munich took some time to get going in the first leg. This time around, the tie is practically in the bag and it will take a herculean comeback for Chelsea to claim a victory at the Allianz Arena. Bayern Munich should get a first half goal and after it goes in, Chelsea’s heads should drop. Bayern Munich could run up the score on their way to the quarterfinals.
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Bayer Munich got all three goals in the first leg in the second half. They could once again get goals against the Blues in the second period with a strike coming late. Bayern Munich do not have to score but a goal would kill off the tie. Chelsea could make things interesting with a goal. However, Pulisic’s absence makes Chelsea more predictable. Pulisic was outstanding for the Blues after the restart. They did not look like the same team in the FA Cup Final without him.
Chelsea’s defence was taken apart by Bayern Munich in the first leg much like it was versus Arsenal in the FA Cup Final. It isn’t a great defence and needs work. Surprisingly, the club seem hellbent on overhauling the attack instead.
Lampard is likely to start Willy Caballero in goal once more. He started the FA Cup Final. The club are actively listening to offers for Kepa Arrizabala after his move to Stamford Bridge didn’t pay out in 2018. The mistake-prone goalkeeper could start against Bayern Munich, however, as a way to advertise him to other clubs.
Bayern Munich should have no issue winning the tie and punching their ticket for the quarterfinals. Chelsea should just be a small speed bump on their way to the next round. Expect a Bayern Munich win when these clubs clash.
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The score in the first leg was Bayern Munich 3 - 0 Chelsea
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The match between Bayern Munich and Chelsea kicks-off at 20:00 UK time.